I selected this hotel due to the overwhelming positive reviews on Tripadvisor. I later also learned that this hotel is considered a "small luxury hotel," which was a bonus.
We arrived at the Gaia and found that the staff immediately assisted us with our luggage (a short golf cart ride) to the reception area. We were greeted politely and offered a mixed fruit juice, complete with an umbrella and pieces of fresh fruit for garnish. Check in was simple and easy. We were given a personal tour of the facility and our bags were transported to our room.
The room was perfect for two people, but there were three of us staying, and it was a little cramped for all of us. Most of the rooms at the Gaia are intended to accommodate two people traveling together. I was informed (after I arrived) that the hotel does not offer rooms with two "real" beds unless you book the villa, which has two full bedrooms. There was a king size bed and a couch pull-out bed in the room we stayed in. The pull out wasn't the most comfortable, but do-able.
The hotel offers many wonderful amenities, including a Naturalist who will take you on a walk through the Reserve and educate you about wildlife, a fantastic restaurant, complimentary internet/computer printing, day-time complimentary shuttle service to/from Quepos and Manuel Antonio, pool-side bar with a new "drink of the day" each day, fitness center and yoga classes, and a great full-service spa.
The staff was wonderful and accommodating. They can arrange a variety of tours for you and have a book in each hotel room that outlines the local tour attractions. They happily obliged with most every request, and made it a point to call us by name when we interacted with them in the restaurant, reception area, and spa.
The view from most of the hotel is one to be remembered. On one side of the hotel, you can view the mountains and on the other side, you can overlook the ocean. Expect humid, warm weather. Bring bug spray if you plan to do any outdoor activities. Fantastic sunset views! This is truly a 5-star experience that we will never forget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Gaia Hotel, Manuel Antonio's only 5-star resort and dining. Bask in our infinity-edge pools, dash Aveda bath salts into your Jacuzzi and relax enjoying the jungle and ocean views. Rooms feature A/C, cable, flat screen TVs, portable phones, home entertainment units, internet connectivity, coffee-maker, mini-bar, safety box, hairdryer, 24/7 room service and full spa services. Your personal valet sees to your needs, and our Nature Guide hosts an exclusive tour of our 12-acre Nature Reserve. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Gaia Hotel And Reserve
- Gaia Hotel & Reserve Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio